Wednesday: First Nations Film & Video Festival
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside proudly presents the First Nations Film and Video Festival Wednesday, Nov. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Cinema. Sponsored by the UW-Parkside Communication Department and the Center for Ethnic Studies, the festival features the short films "Opal" and "Nawa Gliizhigong" along with the full-length movie "Path of Souls." Admission is free.
"Path of Souls" begins with the passing of an Ojibwa graduate student who leaves behind a thesis that the legends surrounding the spirits are not fantastic myths but contain clues to an exchange of advanced knowledge. Two friends take his notes, and embark on a trip deep into the treacherous world of the supernatural. They explore clues and collect evidence of an undiscovered history between Native Americans and spirit beings with sacred teachings. Eventually, they must sort out what part of the world is illusion and what is reality but will they survive to tell the tale?
"Opal" is a story of a young girl who takes a beating at the hands of the town bully. Then she and her friend take matters into their own hands! "Nawa Gliizhigong" is a tale of two friends confronted with a dreadful tragedy. As appalling as it may be, it enlightens their understanding of life and death especially as they relate to their own Native American origin story.
The First Nations Film and Video Festival is presented with support from the College of Arts and Humanities, the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee, and the Student Activities Office.Earlier on Wednesday, UW-Parkside kicks off its Native American Heritage Month with a bang (of the drum!). The special program "Beyond the Mythologies and Stereotypes: Discovering the Real Stories of Native Americans" features the Oneida Tribe Dancers and Drummers. The festivities begin at noon in Main Place of Wyllie Hall. Admission is free.